Talking about bricks can get some people's heart rates up. But when you talk about Elon Musk's Boring Company bricks, those people may need a little moment to contain their excitement.
The Boring Company is forging ahead at full tilt on its Las Vegas Convention Center tunnel, but what does it do with all the dirt it excavates from them?
When unveiling the tunnel project back in 2019, Elon Musk explained that all the dirt they had to move out of the tunnel wouldn't just be put aside for nothing, it would instead be used to be turned into bricks. Novel!
Now, YouTuber What's Inside? has shared the details of these bricks, by carrying out one very important test: the height test.
Nothing boring about these bricks
Roughly 15% of the Boring Company's tunnel's cost goes into excavating dirt, as per Musk's unveiling of the tunnel. He also stated that the company would be using all of that dirt and turning it into something useful: bricks.
The Boring bricks cost 10 cents apiece — less than Home Depot's 25 cents a brick offer —, and for any organization or person who would ask to use these bricks for affordable housing, they're free.
YouTuber What's Inside? put together an interesting video that shows us Musk's speech, as well as just how good these Boring bricks may be.
In the video, you may watch how the Boring brick fare's in comparison to four other regular bricks bought from Lowe's — new and used red clay bricks, a regular and a metal enforced cinderblock brick — all of which cost more than the Boring brick.
The drop test. Each brick is dropped from the same height, to see what happens to them when they hit the ground. As the height increases, different bricks break off. Ultimately, the Boring brick and the metal-reinforced one are the two last-standing bricks. Given Musk's brick costs a good deal less than the metal-reinforced one, it may be the best option out there.
No date for when these Boring bricks will hit shelves has been shared, though. So you'll have to wait your turn before buying your lot. In the meantime, you could always try out these eco-friendly bricks from Scotland.
The Boring Company's Las Vegas tunnel project is winning more and more casino projects, and a few of its recent milestones have been achieved in the short space of a year and a half, for instance finalizing its second tunnel. It's also looking to keep improving the way it functions, and in July it ran a competition to find out more efficient ways to dig a tunnel.